Training tomorrow's scientists today! The Ardent Research Program is designed for the student who wishes to pursue excellence in original research. Research projects are mentored by Ardent Academy faculty as well as experts in local universities and organizations.

Ardent Research Program is an intensive summer research training program for academically talented and motivated middle and high school students interested in conducting research projects and preparing for science fairs. The program consists of formal research methodology training followed by guided independent research with mentors in the summer and throughout the academic year. Around 40 students participate in the program every year.

Past participants have won awards at international, national, state, and local competitions including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Broadcom MASTERS, Google Science Fair, Davidson Fellow, Junior Science and Humanity Symposium, California Science and Engineering Fair, Orange County Science and Engineering Fair, and more. They have also published in reputable journals, presented in professional conferences, and been accepted to top colleges such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Caltech, Yale, Princeton, UPenn, Columbia, and UC Berkeley.

List of Projects

Success Stories

2014 - 2015

  • Jennifer McLeary* - 2015 Intel ISEF Finalist
  • Nilay Mehta* - 2015 Intel ISEF Finalist
  • Jennifer McLeary* - 2015 Intel Science Talent Search Finalist
  • Aileen Wang** - 2015 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist
  • Aileen Wang** - 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Semifinalist
  • Jennifer McLeary* - 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Finalist

* Participants of 2014 Ardent Academy Summer Research Institute.

** Participants of 2013 Ardent Academy Summer Research Institute.

2013 - 2014

  • Kevin Lee - 2014 Intel Science Talent Search Second Place $75,000 Scholarship Winner
  • Vinson Luo** - 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Semifinalist
  • Daniel Shaw* - 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Semifinalist
  • Michelle Xu* - 2014 California State Science Fair, Second Place in Mathematics and Software
  • Michelle Xu* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, Junior Sweepstakes Winner
  • Michelle Xu* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Mathematics and Software
  • Jefferey Xing* - 2014 California State Science Fair, Honorable Mention in Electronics & Electromagnetic
  • Jefferey Xing* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Physics and Astronomy
  • David Zhang* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Electricity and Electronics
  • Jennifer Choi* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, Second Place in Physics and Astronomy
  • Justin Jeon* - 2014 California State Science Fair, Honorable Mention in Electronics & Electromagnetic
  • Justin Jeon* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, Third Place in Physics and Astronomy
  • Jongho Park* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, Second Place in Mathematics and Software
  • Aileen Wang* - 2014 California State Science Fair, Third Place in Mammalian Biology
  • Aileen Wang* - 2014 Orange County Science Fair, Second Place in Mathematics and Software

* Participants of 2013 Ardent Academy Summer Research Institute.

2012 - 2013

  • Kevin Lee - 2013 Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Finalist - Top 2 in Orange County
  • Kevin Lee - 2013 Junior Science and Humanities Symposium - First Place in Southern California.
  • Kevin Lee - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, Sweepstakes Winner
  • Benjamin Chen* - 2013 Los Angeles County Science Fair, First Place in Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Vinson Luo* - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Physics and Astronomy
  • Andrew Ninh - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Microbiology and Cell Biology
  • Jennifer Yao* - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Physiology
  • Dennis Shim* - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, Second Place in Mathematics and Software
  • William Rosenthal* - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, Second Place in Zoology
  • BJ Kim* - 2013 Orange County Science Fair, Third Place in Electricity and Electronics
  • Denny Min - 2013 Los Angeles County Science Fair, Honorable Mention in Physics
  • Tony Zeng* - 2013 Orange County Science Fair Special Award by National Water Research Institute

* Participants of 2012 Ardent Academy Summer Research Institute.

2011 - 2012

  • Leon Yao - 2012 Intel Science Talent Search (STS) Finalist - Top 40 in the nation.
  • Kevin Lee - 2012 Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Finalist - Top 2 in Orange County
  • Kevin Lee - 2012 California State Science Fair, First Place in Mammal Biology
  • Kevin Lee - 2012 Orange County Science Fair Sweepstakes Winner
  • Dennis Shim* - 2012 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Microbiology and Cell Biology
  • Francis Yang* - 2012 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Microbiology and Cell Biology
  • Deborah Ma* - 2012 Orange County Science Fair, Second Place in Mathematics and Software
  • Andrew Ninh* - 2012 Orange County ISEF Semifinalist
  • Richard Cho - 2012 Los Angeles County Science Fair, First Place in Mathematics and Software
    • Cho, R. (2012) Quadratic Residues and Their Applications. Presentation at MathFest 2012, the Annual Conference of the Mathematics Association of America, Madison, WI.
    • Cho, R. (2012) Quadratic Residues and Their Applications. Presentation at 10th Algorithmic Number Theory Symposium, San Diego, CA.
  • Kevin Zhang* - 2012 Los Angeles County Science Fair, Second Place in Mathematics and Software
  • Larry Zhang* - 2012 Los Angeles County Science Fair, Third Place in Microbiology

* Participants of 2011 Ardent Academy Summer Research Institute.

2010 - 2011

  • Jonathan Li - 2011 Intel Science Talent Search (STS) Finalist - Top 40 in the nation.
  • Jonathan Li - 2011 Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Finalist
  • Jonathan Li - 2011 California State Science Fair Student of the Year
  • Christian Liu* - 2011 Orange County Science Fair, First Place in Mathematics and Software

* Participant of 2010 Ardent Academy Summer Research Institute.

2009 - 2010

  • Jonathan Li - 2010 Davidson Fellow
  • Jonathan Li - 2010 Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Finalist
  • Jonathan Li - 2010 Orange County Science and Engineering Fair Sweepstakes Winner